The Blomfield Published Cartoonist’s Legacy

Following on from my previous post, I have had some time to reflect on the achievements of my family as a whole. 

Art is something that is so personal and also its something to be celebrated and shared. This, among other reasons, is why I do what I do. I believe it is my calling. To share my gift and to make people laugh through the medium of art. Before I continue on the story of my family, I want to share a piece about me. A little insight into my artistic world. 

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. School for me was more about finishing my doodle then correctly solving a maths equation. I remember watching my Grandfather (Val Blomfield) drawing the birds, the trees and the landscape at Western Springs and being totally absorbed… entranced almost. Drawing definitely became ingrained in me. It was an outlet. It was a way for me to express myself. My Father – Colin Blomfield –  owned a signwriting shop in Ponsonby (Blomfield Signs) and I spent as much time as was allowed, watching the way both my grandfather and my father created unique pieces of art with every brushstroke.

I think about every unique piece I have been blessed to draw or event I have live cartooned at, and it hits me with such certainty that this is my future. My calling. I, like my great Uncle Blo and my great Grandfather J.C Blomfield, have published cartoons for a newspaper, travel around New Zealand (and fortunate enough to go to Australia) to draw and get to celebrate everyday that I am able to do something I love for ‘work’. Whats that saying… find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.. well.. I have found it. Join me on my journey.